NVIDIA CEO Delivers World’s First AI Supercomputer in a Box to OpenAI

by Jim McHugh

The world’s leading non-profit artificial intelligence research team needs the world’s fastest AI system.

That’s why NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang last week hand-delivered the world’s first AI supercomputer in a box — our NVIDIA DGX-1 — to OpenAI in San Francisco.

“I thought it was incredibly appropriate that the world’s first supercomputer dedicated to artificial intelligence would go to the laboratory that was dedicated to open artificial intelligence,” Huang said.

OpenAI’s researchers will put the first production DGX-1 — packing 170 teraflops of computing power, equal to 250 conventional servers — to work on artificial intelligence’s toughest problems.

OpenAI’s team is working at the cutting-edge of a field that promises incredible advances. Imagine artificial personal assistants that can coordinate our digital lives and autonomous cars and robots that are accessible to everyone.

Doing that will take technology with the computing power to keep up with OpenAI’s researchers. Building DGX-1 took 3,000 people working for three years, Huang explained.

“So if this is the only one ever shipped, this project would cost $2 billion,” he said.

The Xerox PARC of AI

OpenAI’s researchers are eager to put it to work.

Jen-Hsun Huang opens DGX-1 at OpenAI
Inside story: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang slides open the DGX-1’s GPU tray at OpenAI’s headquarters in San Francisco.

“The DGX-1 is a huge advance,” OpenAI Research Scientist Ilya Sutskever said. “It will allow us to explore problems that were completely unexplored before, and it will allow us to achieve levels of performance that weren’t achievable.”

OpenAI — already hailed by some as the “Xerox PARC of AI” — was founded last year to advance digital intelligence in ways that will benefit all  humanity.

“Artificial intelligence has the potential to be the most positive technology that humans ever create,” said OpenAI Chief Technology Officer Greg Brockman. “It has the potential to unlock the solutions to problems that have really plagued us for a very long time.”

Learn more about how DGX-1 can advance your work, or click here and we’ll contact you so you can learn more. 

Talking with Machines

One of the keys to tackling these challenges is what OpenAI’s researchers call “generative modeling.” If a machine is smart enough to not just recognize speech — but to use that data to generate appropriate responses on its own — then it will behave more intelligently.

“You can take a large amount of data that would help people talk to each other on the internet, and you can train, basically, a chatbot, but you can do it in a way that the computer learns how language works and how people interact,” said OpenAI Research Scientist Andrej Karpathy.

Jen-Hsun Huang presents first DGX-1 to OpenAI and Elon Musk
Historic moment: OpenAI’s researchers gather around the first AI supercomputer in a box, NVIDIA DGX-1.

Unleashing DGX-1, the First AI Supercomputer in a Box

The key to all this: speed. Researchers today are limited by the computational power in their systems.

“Our advances depend on GPUs being fast. Speed of our computers is, in some sense, the lifeblood of deep learning,” Sutskever said.

OpenAI researchers sign first DGX-1
Signed, sealed, delivered: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and the team at OpenAI sign the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer in a box.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Huang and the team at OpenAI signed the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer in a box to be delivered.

“One very easy way of always getting our models to work better is to just scale the amount of compute,” Karpathy said. “So right now, if we’re training on, say, a month of conversations on Reddit, we can, instead, train on entire years of conversations of people talking to each other on all of Reddit.”

“And then we can get much more data in terms of how people interact with each other. And, eventually, we’ll use that to talk to computers, just like we talk to each other.”

Projects like these are the reason why we built DGX-1, and why we’ll be delivering DGX-1s to top AI research teams all over the world in the weeks ahead.

Learn more about how DGX-1 can advance your work, and click here and we’ll contact you so you can learn more. 



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  • Ken Bledsoe

    Somebody PLEASE benchmark that bitch!!

  • BreadFish64

    Can it run crisis?

  • Tna Atnas

    I’m getting 35 FPS on mine craft. You know what to do, process that refund hoe.

  • kevon27

    Nvidia, get SLI working perfectly then you can play around with this nonsense.

  • Aaron Stoner

    Try making better people before you make intelligent machines. ?

  • Kristian Molina

    Better people made that machine.

  • Kristian Molina

    That’s awesome guys, I love it.

  • Milad Amirzadeh

    That’s awsome. Good luck.

  • Tim Suetens

    Someone beat me to it!

  • Tim Suetens

    Can it run Eliza Cassan?

  • InquisitorDavid

    Tell rendering engine programmers to rewrite their code to be mGPU-friendly.

  • Tannoy

    And in two years a new version with double the computing power will be released making the DGX-1 obsolete.

  • JG

    Can it run-?

  • Viktor Sabo

    Just manufacture neural nets, unless you are using scientific calculus.

  • Gary_Rainville

    That last one is a tough challenge, but who knows what the future will hold.

    “How are computers going to help humanity?”

    Check out these examples: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/tag/social-impact/

  • Einar Kristiansen

    Can it run Crysis in 16K (15360×8640) 165 FPS?

  • AM

    Mind your language…. that b…h is watching !

  • James

    If it can handle 10 MMORPGs at once, Make my Coffee, Teach children to be better acting, behaving, Smarter than their parents, and rid us of all of the Morons in our Genepool. I will be impressed!

  • James

    I am still very Impress all the Same.

  • Kiran Garimella

    How is a computer going to help humanity? Seriously? You used a computer to ask that question! You drive to work, buy groceries, cure illnesses, fly, and do hundreds of things – all virtually impossible at any large scale without computers. I don’t understand how you can blatantly ignore all the examples of how computers ARE helping you. Still not convinced? Go live in the most impoverished third world country where computer technology is not widespread.

    The idea that we have a perfect mate made just for us is nonsensical Victorian romance fiction. Happiness doesn’t come from having some “perfect” something. That’s the attitude a person may get from living in a spoiled culture. Happiness comes from becoming free of the idea that one needs everything to be “perfect” in order to be happy.

  • Kiran Garimella

    It’s an exercise in futility if you have to actually use a computer and the internet to tell people how computers help humanity. It’s like trying to convince someone that it’s necessary to breathe air to live by trying to explain biology and biochemistry.

  • Stefanie Rhodes

    I don’t like your racist undertones. “Spoiled culture” implies something like “white privilege”… Also, why do you have to label an idea, however outrageous, nonsensical? And ‘Victorian’ is another racist observation.

    I partially agree with you, that one does not need anything to be happy. However I enjoy romance and fictional literature because it makes me happy. Romantic fiction can usually be found free of charge, even in third-world countries.

    When I asked the question, how are computers going to help humanity? I could have been more specific so as not to confuse you. My question was meant more in the sense like, ok where do we go from here? How are technological advances going to improve? What exactly is trying to be achieved?

  • Brian Caulfield

    That question never gets old.